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Our staff proudly represents the best of the celebrated Canadian East Coast hospitality. Enthusiastic, entertaining, loving, caring, open-minded, generous, international and free-spirited, they’re at the heart of our company values. We strive to make a positive impact in the world. This work family believes in inclusiveness, equality, the sanctity of nature and the beauty in human interaction.
An East Coast founding story – Over 20 years ago
NovaShores Adventures was founded in 2000 by nature lover Werner Ostermann. Guiding one of his tours, he met his Danish wife Else Marie. She then added an extraordinary culinary component to the business, and they nurtured the company together very successfully and with attention to detail.
Looking for more pristine wilderness away from any human-built structures, they came upon Cape Chignecto Park while on a weekend getaway. They knew they wanted to live and work immersed in its rugged natural beauty. So they sold everything in East Dover by Halifax and moved to off-the-beaten-path Advocate Harbour full time, trusting that paddlers would still find them. And they did! The small company’s tours booked up every summer. When early retirement and West Coast boat life beckoned, their long-term guide Anne Grabinsky took over the business and continued to gently grow it. Now, 12 staff work here seasonally, and many of them return every summer to the NovaShores family.
Meet our experienced and dedicated crew below.
Anne Grabinsky, Owner Operator
Anne, originally from the Berlin area, Germany, left her academic career to guide full time in 2007. She has led hiking and kayaking trips in Patagonia, Corsica, Greenland, Southeast Asia and on Vancouver Island, and co-owned a safari company in southern Africa, before she discovered the Bay of Fundy and made her home here.
Committed to providing an exceptional experience to everybody who paddles with NovaShores, Anne now works mostly at home-base managing operations and looking after guests. She still likes to go explore in the off-season, and is currently in love with Stand-up paddling in Mexico.
Damien Mahoney, Overnight Guide
Damien loves going on longer trips and getting to know his guests on multi-day tours. This friendly and easy-going overnight guide grew up in the area and called Moncton and Amherst home before relocating to a more scenic and rural location in our area. He is a dad of two beautiful kids and numerous four fur babies. A nature lover and fisherman, he has a keen eye for wildlife, and gets creative when it comes to whipping up 3-course outdoor meals.
Jenna MacGillivary, Food & Logistics
Jenna was born and raised in Advocate Harbour, where she excelled in school and on the girls’ soccer team. She is now studying Kinesiology online at UNB and cannot wait to attend university in person. She loves going on runs and combing the beaches for sea glass. We love her ever-positive outlook on life, can-do attitude and her commitment to what she is doing. She is a great chef, will make sure you have everything you need on your tour, outfit you with the right gear and just generally make sure that everything runs smoothly.
Hayley Nuttall, Office Manager
Hayley is the soul of NovaShores, and you will at some point be lucky enough to talk to this friendly, witty lady on the phone or in person. A Dalhousie graduate in literature and film, she is a great conversationalist and runs the daily operations smoothly and with a lot of heart and attention to detail.
Not exactly an outdoor enthusiast herself, this Advocate native will provide you with all the information on the tours and the area you need, and is a legend for her daily motivational notes to the guides and team. She loves everything vintage and takes you back in time with her stunning 40s outfits. During the quieter winter months, Hayley likes exploring Europe.
Kurtis Miller, OVERNIGHT guide
Kurtis is originally from central Ontario but found himself moving to the Ottawa Valley to pursue a Diploma in Outdoor Adventure at Algonquin College. Upon graduation, Kurtis worked as a commercial Raft guide for multiple seasons on rivers in British Columbia, as well guiding trips through the Daintree rainforest in Australia.
During his winters Kurtis works in Western Canada instructing both skiing and snowboarding. He is looking forward to leading sea kayaking overnight trips and immersing himself in the surrounding geology and East Coast culture.
Brooklyn Nuttall, Food & Guest Room
Brooke grew up in Advocate Harbour and will graduate from the local high school next summer. She enjoys academics, spending time with her puppy, reading, and she is also an enthusiastic soccer player. She says she likes working as well, and it shows! Brooke is very can-do, with a strong-minded and optimistic spirit. As much as she loves going for walks in her picturesque home village of Advocate, she dreams of living in PEI one day and might go there to attend university, possibly to study psychology.
James Mathews, Overnight Guide
James grew up in England, but spent his summers at the family cottage in Advocate Harbour. He started assisting on day tours at a tender age, and is now a superb overnight guide. While we are still waiting for him to get his drivers license, he travelled to Peru, Spain and Greece, and studies Arabic and French at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. We are stoked that he keeps coming back to his beloved lil Advocate despite the world being his oyster.
Jobs - We're hiring for the 2022 season!
Certified, experienced day tour and overnight KAYAK GUIDES
June or July until August or September.
Minimum qualifications: Wilderness First Aid & Paddle Canada Level 2, SKGABC’s AOG or similar.
- Experienced drivers only.
- Must hold a Canadian passport or permanent residency card.
FOOD PREP STAFF
- June or July until August or September.
- Must be able to work independently and without supervision.
- Tasks include baking, cooking, meal prep, packing food for day- and overnight tours, clean-up and keeping an inventory of food stored.
- Must hold a Canadian passport or permanent residency card.
- Competitive pay based on level of experience and seasons worked with us
- Family-style, eco-friendly work environment
- Smoothly running operations
- Reliable, approachable management
- The great outdoors right at your doorstep
- Calm & peace
- Fresh, organic food
Blackie, head of the house
Blackie is the sweetest guy, and loves people. Big groups scare him, but otherwise he’ll try and snuggle up. He was born at NovaShores as a stray kitten, and now he rules the roost here. He is allowed in everywhere but the guest room.